Thyme out for two minutes of sage advice from a lifelong local herbalist & educator
Hi Gorgeous! 🤩🌷🏵️🌈 Spring symbolizes growth, renewal, and the anticipation of cook-out season. For others, spring represents watery eyes, itchy throats and lots of sneezing. No worries, I got you! Let’s get through this allergy season safely and comfortably in one, two, three, four — Go!
4 TIPS TO REDUCE ALLERGENS, NATURALLY
TIP #1: Spring Clean Deep cleaning and disinfecting surfaces can improve air quality by removing dust, mold and allergens. And likewise spring cleaning our body system can improve immune system response by removing mucus, toxins and waste. Try juicing dark leafy greens for 7 days or adding bitters to your diet for a nutrient-rich cleansing experience.
TIP #2: Pollen Plan Spring can bloom uncomfortable allergy symptoms. If pollen gets you down, try using indoor air filters and limit outdoor activities during high pollen times. You can also use natural teas and tonics from your garden like nettle, a natural antihistamine to treat symptoms herbally instead of using harsh over-the-counter drugs.
TIP #3: Skin Deep Our skin is the largest organ, a permeable barrier between us and a host of pollutants in our environment. With warmer weather comes more exposure and often more sensitive skin. Synthetic ingredients in skincare products and cosmetics can be especially irritating, causing all types of allergic reactions. Try switching to a natural product, or ones with organic ingredients. Even better: take a class and learn how to make your own custom products that nourish and support your skin.
TIP #4: Wash Conscious You’d be surprised by the number of known allergens hiding in the very soap and cleaning products we trust everyday to purify our homes. Some companies use artificial fragrance, color, and foaming agents for big profits that create big problems for your skin! Try one of the many natural alternatives available that clean gently and effectively.
Did You Know..? Soap-making is a relaxing, creative skill that anyone can learn to promote natural wellness and feel good about the cleaning products in your life.
🧠 Learn More! 🧠
Urban Medicine Cabinet empowers a holistic, practical approach to using and making plant-based health & beauty therapies. This month, UMC’s popular “Make-And-Take” workshops cover a broad range of wellness and selfcare topics, providing hands-on experience with bring-home benefits. 🙌🌿🏠
🌸 SPRINGTIME BITTERS (Friday, April 14, 6pm – 7pm): Bitters assist with the proper function of the digestive system, liver and endocrine system (which regulates hormones). Learn about the healing, rejuvenating properties of herbal Springtime Bitters you can make to perk up a sluggish metabolism after a long, dark winter. ($30)
🍵 4:20 — TEA THYME & TOPICALS (Thursday, April 20, 6:30pm – 8pm): Elevate your mind! Learn plant-based self-care with garden herbs and cannabis. Tea, body oils, bath salts, wellness. ($55, 18+) This class is held at One Art Community Center, 1431-39 52nd Street (West Philly)
🤧 ALLERGY KIT: TINCTURES & LOZENGES (Friday, April 28, 6:30pm – 7pm): Build-your-own allergy kit to help alleviate seasonal symptoms like headache, itchy eyes, and sinus congestion with natural herbs and other botanicals that can also help prevent allergy attacks in the first place. ($50)
❤️🩹 FIRST AID OINTMENT (Saturday, May 6, 1pm – 2pm): Like magic, this herbal salve soothes cuts, scrapes, burns, rashes, insect bites, and pretty much any other minor skin irritation, too. A must-have for fast-acting relief and natural healing with safe ingredients you can rely on time and time again. ($25)
🧼 OLD FASHION SOAP-MAKING (Saturday, May 20, 6:30pm – 7pm): The best bar soap is made the good ole fashioned way with ingredients that could’ve come straight from my Great-Grandmother’s cupboard. Make four pounds of cold-process soap to cure at home and cut as needed. BONUS: Stick blender and reusable mold included. ($75)
Classes are held at Cherry Street Pier, 121 Christopher Columbus Blvd (Studio 3) unless otherwise noted.
Sign up at nyambinatural.com/workshops
About the Instructor: A medicinal herbalist, educator, and urban farmer for almost two decades, Nyambi Royster has taught courses in Urban Health and Agroecology at Drexel, LaSalle, and the University of Pennsylvania. She’s also led national discussions on food sovereignty and social justice. She manages an organic fruit orchard and therapeutic herb farm at the Lighthouse Field in North Philadelphia, where she teaches classes on gardening, foraging, and wellness. She’s the owner/founder of Nyambi Naturals, a natural health and beauty brand that reflects her passion for the earth and commitment to sustainable living.
NYAMBI NATURALS – bath and body care products made by hand with purity, artistry, and integrity. Small batches, non-animal tested, with organic ingredients (many grown locally). Nyambinaturals.com / @nyambi_naturals on social media.
This post was originally shared on Ms. Nyambi’s blog, Urban Medicine News.
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